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Dinner Ideas: Porcupines in a Skillet

Dinner Ideas: Porcupines in a Skillet

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Easy dinner ideas are my favorite. If you are looking for an easy main dish that your family will love, I’ve got just the thing, Porcupines in a Skillet.

Easy Dinner Ideas

I am always looking for easy dinner ideas and this recipe is a one pot meal that anyone can make.  I bet my youngest could make it with a little bit of help.  When I told my husband what I was making for dinner he said “Yesssss……that stuff is so good!”  Although he knows not to complain about what I cook, he also doesn’t necessarily do jumping jacks when he likes something.  So for him to get excited, this one is a winner.  His sister gave it to me years ago and I added it into the mix.

With the flavor from the onion mix and the rice and beef, Porcupines in a Skillet is a good, hearty meal.  It only takes about 30 minutes start to finish with minimal effort. Don’t let the name fool you! 

Quick Dinner Ideas

If you’ve hung out here for a bit, you’ll know that easy dinners are the thing that I make most.  I don’t have a ton of time every day to make something fancy for my family so quick dinner ideas it is!  But I want to get a good, hot meal on the table for them and this hits the spot.  Serve it will a roll, salad and call it good.

To make this easy dinner idea, you’ll need:

Porcupines in a Skillet is so easy and delicious – and you probably already have these items on hand! I always have these ingredients in my pantry and fridge. 

  • ground beef
  • dry onion soup mix
  • tomatoes
  • rice
  • shredded cheese
  • can of mushrooms, optional
  • Skillet or pan
  • Spatula or I LOVE my spurtles

See? You only need a couple of things!

What should you serve with this meal?

Besides the main dish, I struggle with side dishes a lot.  Growing up, my mom often served our main dish with a salad.

  • Simple salad – no need to get fancy, you can serve up a salad, with veggies and dressing.
  • Rolls – try these awesome dinner rolls and our family loves Kings Hawaiian Rolls too if you’d rather not make them from scratch.
  • Vegetables are always a good idea! My favorite way to make them by roasting them.

Other easy dinner ideas:

If you love this recipe, you’re going to love these other easy dinner ideas. Please click each link below to find the easy, printable recipe!

  • Tatertot Casserole
  • One Pot Chicken and Rice
  • Chicken Tortilla Bake
  • Burrito Bowl
  • Over a Month of Quick Dinner Ideas

And a few others to try:

  • Chili Macaroni from Somewhat Simple
  • Ravioli Bake from Lil Luna
  • Easy Goulash from I Heart Naptime

Easy Dinner Recipes

This one is both quick and easy.  Plus it’s in one pan.  It’s like a dinner trifecta! If you love this Porcupines in a Skilet as much as I do, please write a five star review, and be sure to help me share on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Porcupines in a Skillet Recipe

Porcupines in a Skillet

This Porcupines in a Skillet recipe is both quick and easy. Plus it’s in one pan and your whole family will love it!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

0 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Porcupines in a Skillet

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 549kcal

Author: Mique Provost


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 c hot water
  • 3/4 c long grain rice uncooked
  • 16 oz tomatoes (can)
  • 1 c cheese shredded
  • 1 small can mushrooms (optional, I don’t normally add these)


  • In a large skillet, crumble beef and brown.

  • Drain and stir in onion soup mix, water, tomatoes (optional mushrooms).

  • Add rice and stir.

  • Cover and cook on low heat for 25 minutes or until rice is tender.

  • Sprinkle with cheese, melt and serve.


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 15.5mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3mg

I have one kiddo who doesn’t like mushrooms and I’m not totally sure about canned ones (ewww ?!) so I don’t add them to this.  I’ll have to try it sometime and let you know how it turns out? I’ll take one for the team.

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